What should I know about hiring in Morocco?
When it comes to hiring in Morocco, there are a few things to keep in mind. Morocco has a complicated legal framework governing employment relationships, and it is crucial for employers to comply with these requirements to prevent any legal issues.
In addition, workers in Morocco have the right to receive benefits from their employers, such as health coverage and payroll deductions for social security. Learning about and fulfilling these responsibilities is essential to keep on good terms with one’s staff.
Furthermore, in compliance with the legal framework of Morocco, all newly employed employees must be presented with a signed employment contract. This contract should outline the compensation, perks, and other terms of employment.
Why is Morocco a good choice for finding remote employees?
There are many reasons why Morocco is an excellent choice for finding remote employees. First, the country has a highly educated and diversified workforce, and its time zone is convenient for many Western countries, making it an ideal location for recruiting remote workers.
Additionally, the country’s robust digital infrastructure and burgeoning startup ecosystem make it an alluring destination for tech corporations and startups searching for remote talent.
Last but not least, Morocco is home to a rich and varied population and culture. Because of this, working in Morocco is both stimulating and challenging, and Moroccans hired by your organization can offer fresh insights.
How can Native Teams help you hire in Morocco
In accordance with Moroccan law, Native Teams can help with hiring new staff, disbursing salaries and other financial incentives, and guaranteeing regulatory compliance. Using our employer of record services, we can make your benefits and pay structure more competitive and appealing to new hires.
Hire your first Moroccan employee with Native Teams.
Legal requirements for hiring in Morocco
- The minimum monthly wage in the private sector is 2,828.71 MAD;
- In the public sector, the monthly minimum wage is 3,300 MAD;
- The monthly minimum wage for agricultural workers is 1994.20 MAD.
Contributions & taxes
The full employment expenses are between 20.71% and 25.71%.
All companies are subject to a standard corporate income tax rate of 20%.
Employment expenses total between 6.5% and 8.0% of payroll.
Morocco’s personal income tax rates are progressive to 38%.
To calculate the salary and taxes in Morocco please click here.
The standard pay period in Morocco is one month. Work is usually compensated on the final day of the month.
Is there a 13th salary in Morocco?
Although there are no legal mandates for 13th wages, awarding seniority or 13th-month incentives to employees is standard practice.
There is a mandatory one-week trial period for all new hires, regardless of position. Probationary periods after that range from 15 days for entry-level personnel to 45 days for professionals and three months for management.
If the employer wants to stop the contract, the employee has to give the following notice, the duration of which depends on the employee’s position and length of service:
For top-level management and equivalent positions:
- One-month notice period: Less than 1 year of service;
- 2 months notice period: Between 1 year to 5 years of service;
- 3 months notice period: More than 5 years of service.
- 8 days notice period: Less than 1 year of service;
- One-month notice period: Between 1 year to 5 years of service;
- 2 months notice period: More than 5 years of service.
Employees with at least 6 months of service should get severance pay (where applicable) equal to 96 hours of salary per year of service, rising to 144 hours per year after 5 years of service, 192 hours per year after 10 years of service, and 240 hours per year after 15 years of service.
A typical work week in Morocco consists of 44 hours (eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, with a maximum of 10 hours per day). The typical business day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
Leave and benefits
Public holidays or non-religious holidays are:
- 1 January: New Year
- 11 January: Independence Day
- 1 May: Labor Day
- 30 July: Throne Day
- 14 August: Commemoration of the Allegiance of Wadi Eddahab
- 20 August: Anniversary of the Revolution, the King and the People
- 21 August: Birthday of King Mohammed VI
- 6 November: Anniversary of the Green March
- 18 November: Independence Day
Public religious holidays are:
- Muslim New Year: the first day of the lunar year corresponds to the Hegira of Muhammad in 622.
- Birthday of the Prophet (Al Mawlid): the 12th day of the 3rd month.
- Eid al-Fitr: End of the month of Ramadan. 1st day of the 10th month. During 3 holidays, Moroccans celebrate with their families.
- Eid-el-Kebir: Feast of the Sacrifice. 10th day of the 12th month. This festival is celebrated 70 days after the end of Ramadan and marks the beginning of the Hajj period (pilgrimage to Mecca). It is traditional to slaughter a sheep, in memory of the sacrifice of Abraham.
Each employee is eligible for 4 full days of paid sick leave every calendar year.
If the absence is expected to run more than four days, the employee must notify their employer of the expected length of time off work and present a doctor’s note to support the absence.
Maternity leave & paternity leave
Employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid leave during their pregnancy,7 weeks before the baby is born, and 7 weeks after birth. Additional unpaid leave for mothers is available upon request and can extend up to a full year.
Paternity leave for fathers consists of 3 paid days for the first month after the child’s birth.
In the event of the loss of a close relative, an employee is eligible for up to 3 days of bereavement leave.
In the event of a wedding, an employee is permitted up to 4 days off.
Family care leave
2 days of paid time off for caring for a sick spouse or minor child.
Health security & private insurance
Anyone who has worked for an employer for at least three months within the previous fifteen months is entitled to free medical and dental care through the Social Security Administration.
*Native Teams can support you in finding the best private insurance in the country. Contact us and we will send a comparison of insurance packages and prices.*
Relocation and work permits
Native Teams will apply for your work visa in the nation on your behalf and serve as your Employer of Record. All the required documents can be uploaded using our app. Until you have your work and residency visa, Native Teams will support you by providing you with frequent information on the progress.
How long is the visa/work permit process?
2 to 4 weeks depending on the authorities and provided documents.
Which documents do you need?
Why use Native Teams for hiring in Morocco?
Native Teams lets you employ team members ‘like a local’ meaning you get all the benefits of a global team, wherever you are based. Here are the reasons why you should use Native Teams for hiring:
- No paperwork: We will handle all the necessary paperwork for you.
- Save on taxes: We help you handle your taxes.
- No company set up: You can expand your business using our company entitles.
- Online onboarding: We’re here to ensure your onboarding process is trouble-free.
- No accounting: We will handle all of your accounting needs, including invoicing, payroll, and more.
- Increase your profit: We assist you in growing your business and maximizing your profits.
- Compliance expertise: we can assist your company in navigating the regulatory environments and ensure you meet all relevant requirements.
- Local support: We can assist you in understanding and complying with the relevant local laws.